Expand Rolling Thunder Running Team Promoting Inclusion, Fitness, and Social Skills for Autistic Spectrum Youth and Adults
Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program (RTSNP)
Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program trains individuals with ASD, ages 3 through adulthood, and their family members, to participate in typical races in inclusive community settings: neighborhoods or parks throughout Long Island. RTSNP offers inclusion activities with typical peers and many opportunities to develop or improve athletic, fitness and social skills. There is never a fee for membership or coaching. No running experience is needed to join the team. All coaches are volunteers and the organization has no paid staff, there is a no wait list policy and individuals with challenging behaviors are welcome. Funding will help with the expansion plans include accepting new members, providing experienced members with new inclusion community practice activities, increasing mainstream competitions and provide uniforms for team members to practice during the winter months.